SYMPATHY FOR AUSSIES FROM SA
AUSTRALIA found sympathy over the Sandpaper saga from the very foes they tried to cheat against.
South African captain Fat Du Plessis recalled that he had sent a message to shamed David Warner and Steve Smith. Even now, the saga still grumbles across Australia. It is over half a year since that dark day for cricket, and Australia’s inquest continues.
Of course, South Africa had to be the guests in the week that their report on the whole matter came out. And so, the volcano is poked again, possibly to erupt in another violent flow of heated words.
“There was a message to both, to sympathise with the two of them.
But nothing since then,” Du Plessis elaborated.
“I’m feeling for you, I know it is a tough time you are going through. No one should go through something like this. Just stay strong, and you will come through this a stronger character,” were the words Du Plessis recalled saying at the time.
Cricket suffers as a whole when it is thrown into controversy, because the stain stretches to all parts of the cricket world. The suspicions hover over every player, like a torturous whodunnit mystery.
So when Du Plessis reached out, it was instinctive, however the message may have been received on the other side.
He still feels for the loss from a cricketing perspective, though he knows better than to think that the next three matches will be a walk in the outback.
“They have lost two good players, and if you take any side, and take out two experienced players, it can’t be a case of just rocking up in international cricket and dominating,” he explained.
“We have lost two bowlers at certain stages in our bowling line-up, and all of a sudden it feels like you are struggling to get wickets,” he continued.
“It is difficult to replace the two big players that they have lost, but there are opportunities for guys to push their names towards World Cup selection. It’s a nice problem to have,” he added.
Quite what they will get from the new, contrite Aussies remains to be seen, but the tourists don’t anticipate a release of playing intensity.
“There always will be that competitive juice flowing, but I feel that this series will be toned down from an Australian side, from a verbal point of view,” the Proteas leader opined.
It will make for a different atmosphere, because every South African cricketer has faced Australian bowlers with an accompanying choir around them.
“That was the way I got used to playing against Australia. There will still be the good battles on the cricket field, but probably a bit less of the verbal stuff.” - Lungani Zama